Observation: Turnagain

Location: Seattle Ridge -West side of Main Bowl

Route & General Observations

Skinned up the standard motorized up track to the top of the ridge at 2800′ and skied into the western side of Main Bowl on N/NW aspects.

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Observer Comments

No signs of present instability were observed but there is a health crop of surface hoar forming on all aspects.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Blue bird skies with a slight breeze in the drainage for the bowl
Temps were in teens at the road and in the bowls. At the ridge (2800')temps were in the 20's.

Snow surface

On the ridge the surface was variable from dense wind affect powder to scoured solid rim crust most of which was covered in surface hoar. On the slopes, both S and N aspects the surface was mainly dense powder with a coating of surface hoar.


Did not do any pits but probed on the skin out og Main Bowl and found the snow height to be anywhere from 90cm to 195 cm. There is a crust (which was observed on the S aspect as well) that is an average of 30 cm below the surface. Hand pits showed the new snow bonding fairly well to the crust.

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